Can You Design A Great British Olympic Garden?

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Can You Design A Great British Olympic Garden?

Interesting garden display in Clapham by allyzally via the Londonist Flickrpool
Feeling inspired by the Chelsea Flower Show and compelled into your back yard by this gorgeous weather? Stop bothering your borders and set your green fingered energy to work designing a garden for the Olympic Park in The Royal Horticultural Society's competition for amateur gardeners.

Your design must "demonstrate the unique qualities of Britain’s domestic gardens" - in our case: slugs, badly fly-mo-ed dandelion ridden grass with unfeasibly pretty roses blooming in spite of our botched efforts at maintenance and nurturing - and celebrate "Olympic and Paralympic Values" as well as the ideals of the Much Wenlock Olympian Society, the Shropshire club that inspired the founder of the modern Olympic movement, Pierre de Coubertin. So your garden should in some way "promote the moral, physical and intellectual improvement" of the locals. Bonsai tree hurdles for leaping over? Pansies planted in times tables format? A selection of holy books and moral treatises hidden in oak trees? Let loose those rampant landscaping imaginations.

The competition is looking for one young person and one adult winner. To enter, simply draw, paint, computer design or create a collage design idea for your garden on an A4 sheet of paper, and accompany it with a short explanatory note. The garden will measure a quarter of an acre (about a quarter of a football pitch) in size. All details here. Closing date: 31 July 2009.

Last Updated 01 June 2009